Ion trap transducers for quantum electromechanical oscillators
An enduring challenge for contemporary physics is to experimentally observe and control quantum behavior in macroscopic systems. We show that a single trapped atomic ion could be used to probe the quantum nature of a mesoscopic mechanical oscillator precooled to 4K, and furthermore, to cool the oscillator with high efficiency to its quantum ground state. The proposed experiment could be performed using currently available technology.
Additional Information© 2005 American Physical Society. Received 8 January 2005; published 25 October 2005. G.J.M. acknowledges the support of the ARC Federation Grant. H.S.G. acknowledges support from the National Science Council, Taiwan under Contract No. NSC94-2112-M-002-028. This work was supported by FOCUS seed funding and the U.S. National Security Agency and Advanced Research and Development Activity under Army Research Office Contract No. W911NF-04-1-0234, and the National Science Foundation Information Technology Research Program.
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